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The current economic tsunami has accelerated integration moves between ASEAN countries, China and other regional powerhouses. The planned launch of Asia’s and the world’s largest trade bloc has prompted me to ask Professor Bruce McKern, a renowned International Management expert, for an interview concerning its prospects in emulating the European Union’s economic integration experience. Professor… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Is Libertas CIA-Backed ?

Last Sunday I have watched in disbelief the BBC debate between Declan Ganley, the founder of Libertas, and MEP Richard Corbett. The way Libertas tells it on their site, Mr Corbett was “savaged” by the would-be saviour of European democracy, i.e. Mr Ganley. As I saw it, the British MEP was barely allowed to reply… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

After much horse-trading between the continental Europeans and the Anglo-Saxons, the G20 Summit in London has ended with an “almost historic compromise” (Angela Merkel). Known for their reluctance to regulate financial markets and to rein in hedge-funds or rating agencies, the American and British teams at the summit were coaxed by the Sarkozy-Merkel team to… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

On the final days of last week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) session, its president Mr. Wu Bangguo has assured his conservative audience that China is not about to embark on a Western-style democratisation process and that it will not indiscriminately emulate Western political theory and institutions : “we will never put into practice a multi-party… » read more

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Even as Western economists disagree as to the depth and duration of the current economic crisis, one thing is certain : it fosters closer economic cooperation between China and its Asian neighbours. The crisis might also generate unexpected peace dividends for the region. Speaking before the National People’s Congress yesterday, the Chinese premier claimed his… » read more

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The ASEAN countries’ annual summit meeting starts today in Thailand amid calls for more economic integration between its members. Its main objective is the creation of a common market in the region by 2015. The urgency of finalising agreements leading to the creation of a common market in Southeast Asia is understandable. The economic crisis… » read more

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No later than last week, the Hungarian and Romanian prime ministers have both asked the EU officials to speed up their respective countries’ accession to the eurozone. After years of neglecting structural reforms in favour of stimulating domestic consumption, these countries, Poland and the Czech Republic are particularly hard hit in the current crisis. Their… » read more

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EU and the Soviet Syndrome

President Klaus’ recent diatribes against the Union which he is supposed to be presiding must have ruffled quite a few feathers in Brussels. The depth of his anti-EU feeling is, to be sure, worrying. To many a Western politician, this kind of counter-performance in office must look rather puzzling: was he under the influence, or… » read more

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World´s Largest Trade Bloc

While fears of protectionism are sweeping the EU and the US, China is preparing the launch, in 2010, of a regional trade bloc which will extend the benefits of free trade to the ASEAN countries (Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos). The move will create the world´s largest trade… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi